har·​ried | \ ˈher-ēd How to pronounce harried (audio) , ˈha-rēd \

Definition of harried

: beset by problems : harassed a harried waiter who forgets your order

Examples of harried in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Renee Elise Goldsberry and Alexa Demie round out the cast with empathetic and appealing work as, respectively, a harried stepmother struggling to hold things together, and a fun-loving, passionate girlfriend. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "‘Waves’ explores the ebb, flow of a family’s love," 5 Dec. 2019 That came when Elon Musk wrapped up the debut of his new electric pickup truck, told the crowd of whooping Tesla fans and harried journalists to enjoy themselves, and walked off the stage. Wired, "Is Tesla's Cybertruck Pickup for Real? Let's Investigate," 22 Nov. 2019 Happy families in bucolic settings, scuba divers in magical waters, and skiers amid majestic mountains floated above the harried and tired office workers who slogged to and from their trains. BostonGlobe.com, "Neil Montanus, a Kodak Colorama photographer, dies at 92 - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 From busy work lives to overscheduled personal commitments—and unprecedented hyperconnectivity everywhere in between—travelers are more harried than ever. Jennifer Fernandez, Town & Country, "The 10 Luxury Wellness Escapes You’ll Want to Book for 2020," 5 Nov. 2019 His celebration was harried, too, because Boyd was scheduled to qualify for the Cup race immediately after the completion of the Truck Series race. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Boyd gets 1st career win after Sauter stripped of victory," 12 Oct. 2019 In the early days of Silicon Valley, however, weighty decisions about free speech were more likely to be made in the course of an afternoon, in a cramped conference room full of complimentary snacks, by a small team of harried computer engineers. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "The Dark Side of Techno-Utopianism," 23 Sep. 2019 Happy families in bucolic settings, scuba divers in magical waters, and skiers amid majestic mountains floated above the harried and tired office workers who slogged to and from their trains. New York Times, "Neil Montanus, a Kodak Colorama Photographer, Dies at 92," 9 Sep. 2019 The radio giant, adept at gently guiding harried local officials and civilians to the microphones amid the tumult of a fast-moving story, also alluded to some recent health challenges. BostonGlobe.com, "Stevens, 64, said in a Facebook post Friday that he’s now working part-time at the station he’s called home since 1991.," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of harried

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for harried

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The first known use of harried was in 1609

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“Harried.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harried. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of harried

: bothered by many problems or worries : very worried or anxious

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